In 2012, Brandon Greba spent most Thursday nights building cornhole boards in his garage, filling orders whenever he could find some time away from his nine-to-five gig as an industrial supply sales manager.
Cornhole—a popular backyard and tailgate game where players compete for points by tossing bean bags at rectangular wooden boards—had been a hobby of Greba’s for years. He started building boards while in college, and now, six years out of school and newly married, his boards were more popular than ever. He needed to make a choice.
“I was struggling with the orders,” Greba said. “I was traveling for work, getting home on a Thursday, and trying to get these orders built and shipped out. I was battling internally with my long-term goals, whether I wanted to stick with this company or branch out and do my own thing. I come from a long line of entrepreneurs—my dad owned his own business for 30 years, and my grandparents the same thing.”
In July 2013, with the support of his family, Greba quit his job, hired a couple part time employees and took the plunge.
Two babies, 17 employees and thousands of orders and happy tailgaters later, Greba and West Georgia Cornhole, LLC are thriving. Before long, the sawdust was left in the garage, and the garage was left in the dust. Greba moved West Georgia Cornhole into a 6,000-square-foot facility in Winston, Georgia, and he now ships boards to Australia, Japan, Alaska and everywhere in between. Along the way, he’s improved the quality and diversity of his products, taking Photoshop and Illustrator courses to elevate his custom designs.
Working hard, Greba purchased top-of-the-line equipment purchases, including a UV Flatbed Printer and CNC Routers, and has expanded his range of products to feature LED lights and Bluetooth speaker boards, and a wide variety of tailgate games. If a rush order comes in the door, West Georgia Cornhole is now capable of designing, building and shipping in six hours. He’s also made a name for himself; Greba’s competitive advantage landed him a custom rush order for NBA MVP and Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry.
West Georgia Cornhole’s business scope has skyrocketed, but Greba remains down to earth. He credits his wife, who helped him complete orders in the early days and still assists him weekly with bills and accounting. Even amongst the chaos of a booming business and growing family, Greba remains focused on the folks that helped him build an empire of boards and bean bags—his employees.
“We’ve got a good core group of employees, a lot of them have been with me for three or four years,” Greba said. “I’ve got to give it up to them for sticking with me and seeing my vision.”
Four or five job applicants drop by West Georgia Cornhole each week, and Greba aims to expand his business and double his headcount with hardworking, passionate employees over the next year. Day-to-day, he’s still working to find the ideal work-life balance—a challenge with two young kids—but life is good, orders are up and West Georgia Cornhole is out of the garage and on the map.
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